During the Tuesday evening Republican presidential debate on Fox Business, Senator Marco Rubio and Senator Rand Paul had an argument regarding the amount of money worth spending on military. By the looks of the debate, it seems that Rubio vs Paul is the new rivalry in the Republican party.
Conclusions after the Republican debate
Tuesday evening was a memorable one from the perspective of Rand Paul. While the first three Republican party presidential debates were tough for Paul, now things sort of went his way. The showdown between Rand Paul and fellow colleague Marco Rubio was an exiting dialogue over taxes, spending and what policies count as “conservative”, says The Washingtion Post.
According to the same source, the argument started with Rubio laying out why he has proposed an expanded child tax credit for working families. Paul responded that the child credit was “not very conservative. Then Rubio didn’t waste too much time and replied “How is it conservative to add a trillion dollar expenditure for the federal government that you’re not paying for? How is it conservative? How is it conservative to add a trillion dollars in military expenditures? You cannot be a conservative if you’re going to keep promoting new programs you’re not going to pay for”.
Should we expect tension in the next Congress?
Of course things between these two representatives of the Republican party didn’t end at this remark. Rubio responded with a security argument: “We can’t even have an economy if we’re not safe. I believe the world is a safer — no, I don’t believe, I know the world is a safer and better place when America is the strongest military power in the world”.
The Tuesday evening Republican party debate clarified one thing for us. If a Republican party candidate wins the White House next year, there will be tensions in the next Congress over tax cuts, military spending and the federal debt and this dispute can’t help politicians, nor American citizens.